The “tightening” of the economy over the past few years has had an impact upon everyone, and Federal and Postal workers who have filed for, or who are contemplating filing for FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management are no exception.
To compound the problem, the longer delays and inordinate wait-time by OPM in making a decision upon a Federal Disability Retirement, has exacerbated the squeezing of the economy. Further, fears of sequestration impact, Federal budget cut-backs, less spending all-around and the constant rumor-mill concerning benefits and the impact of a tighter economy upon Federal spending, have all taken their toll.
For Federal and Postal employees who are contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, what all of this “mess” will require, is greater planning and prescience concerning one’s future. Longer time-frames in making a decision; longer delays at each stage of the process; what is the solution? With no end in sight or solution “in the works” as far as the agencies go, or for that matter, for OPM, one must expect the administrative and bureaucratic process to take an unreasonable length of time, and to adjust accordingly.
The impact of the great squeeze has become the new norm; the rest of us just have to accept that fact.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire